Winter is on the cusp of its transformation into spring, and the signs are all around us. After a long, cold winter, and many hours spent indoors, we can now look around and reconnect to what’s happening in the outside world: the green shoots of crocuses and daffodils, the occasional sunshine…and the stories that other people have to tell. This month, there’s no place better to hear those stories than at The Front Porch storytelling event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Captain Strong Primary School, 1002 N. 6th Ave. in Battle Ground. This is the next installment of Battle Ground’s community story series, and this season’s stories—told by several local storytellers—feature narratives centering around the theme of “The Healing Power of Gratitude.” Tickets are $5 per person.
February’s storytellers are Jill Stansbury, Kathy Deshner, Terry Richard, Chris Alcazar, Daelon Floyd, and Carrie Wiman—a multi-generational cadre of storytellers from the local community. All proceeds generated by The Front Porch events go toward local charities; this time, the beneficiary is the North County Community Food Bank. All food, drink and décor is paid for by local sponsors—so all the money spent at the event goes straight to charity.
Front Porch is sponsored and organized by Connect Battle Ground and is made possible by its local business partners: Battle Ground Burgerville, Battle Ground Foursquare Church, Full Circle Driving School, Columbia Kids Preschool/Sprouting Seeds Learning Community, Gaither & Sons, Elite Auto Body, Artisan Academy, and the Old Town Battle Ground Association. Connect Battle Ground is a coalition of over 120 organizations and people in the North Clark County area who are working together to give young people a greater sense of purpose, value, and belonging, and stories are an important way to foster a feeling of connectedness.